All of our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees participate in a comprehensive training program to prepare them for careers in pain research that includes coursework, shadowing, and career development workshops.

Mechanisms And Clinical Presentation Of Pain - MSNBIO 2622 

Course Director: Dr. Michael Gold -

This course provides attendees with vocabulary and knowledge about anatomy, physiology, mechanisms and modulation of pain. This fundamental knowledge is complemented by assigned readings from the literature and clinical presentations about pain syndromes and pain management. The course is offered in fall semesters and meets in room 1495 BST on Mondays from 3:00 – 5:00. (2 semester hours)

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Pain Models - Rationale, testing and interpretation - MSNBIO 2623  

Course Director: Dr. Sarah Ross -

This course will focus on the design and analysis of animal and human pain models and will incorporate classroom presentations about various pain models (e.g., inflammatory, neuropathic, etc.), including demonstrations. The course is offered in spring semesters and meets in room 1495 BST on Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30. (1 semester hour)

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Pain Journal Club - MSNBIO 2651

Course Director: Dr. Brad Taylor -

This discussion-based course uses assigned readings to examine pain mechanisms and management with an emphasis on critical literature evaluation and topical developments in the field of pain. This course meets weekly in room 1495 BST on Tuesdays at noon. (1 semester hour, fall and spring semesters)

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Current Research on Pain (CROP) - MSNBIO 2682

Course Director: Dr. Becky Seal -

This is an advanced graduate level course for students interested in current research on pain mechanisms, management and clinical presentation of pain. Presentations by course participants form the basis for class participation and discussion. This course meets every other Thursday in room 1495 BST at noon. (1 semester hour, fall and spring semesters)

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Pain Perspectives

This program provides trainees the opportunity to shadow pain physicians as they interview, diagnose and manage chronic and acute pain patients within the Pain Medicine Program, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Drs. Ajay Wasan and Jacques Chelly and in other clinical settings (e.g., headache clinic: Dr. Robert Kaniecki; functional bowel disorders clinic: Dr. David Levinthal;  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Drs. Gwendolyn Sowa and Eric Helm) within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Career Development

All postdocs are encouraged to participate in the career development programming developed and offered through the the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences. This programing covers a wide variety of career development related issues. A schedule of workshops and other career development opportunities can be accessed at such as:  "Life After Postdoc," "To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc," "The
Scientific Publication Process," "CV to Resume," and "Poster Presentations."